New Theme on Nanyate.com: Flow

Finally, after 1.5 years, I’ve grown tired of the last theme and re-designed nanyate.com. (You RSS subscribers need to click into the site to see. :P)

About the Re-Design

This theme is all about serenity, simplicity and balance. I’ve cut out a few redundant pages and removed some unnecessary design elements, so that it’s minimal enough for you to focus on the content but still design-arty enough for my site to retain some of its personality.

The nanyate lantern has always been quite special to me. It reflects my state of soul, in some ways. It spent the last year submerged in water, overwhelmed by waves and drifting along with no land in sight. Now it’s hovering on top of water. I think it represents that I’ve spiritually and psychologically grown in the last year — that I could hold my own and no longer be swept around by the whims of society and the world.

The theme’s also got an awesome new font. For years, I’ve been looking for a something that’s loud, artistic and peppered with a little Asian-styled humility. I’m so, so psyched to have finally found it in Estrya’s Handwriting.

Behind the Name: Flow

The new theme is called Flow. It’s named after a popular psychology book by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. The book talks about a state of mind where you are so immersed in what you do that you can experience beyond yourself and your surroundings. It’s an amazing feeling to experience, and it’s something I definitely feel when I design my blog. I’m so engrossed in the code that I often forget to sleep and eat….and it’s all strangely therapeutic and energizing despite the terrible eye bags I have now.

Feedback, please!

As usual, I’m too excited about my theme to properly test before I launch, so it’s still in beta mode. I’ll be testing for browser compatibility and accessibility over the next few days. So far, it’s been tested on:

  • Mac: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Camino and Rockmelt
  • Windows: Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer 7
  • Mobile Devices: Android

With that said, I could use all the help I could get, so do drop me a comment or email if you find any bugs.


  • http://aigoo-chamna.net Tara

    I love this! It so nice and simple and so soothing! The aqua colour you chose here compliments the whole layout well :) And I am glad to see that lantern still here to stay!

    • http://nanyate.com Ivy

      Wow, you’re fast!! Thanks!! :)

  • http://twentyfourcarat.net Katy

    Hey Ivy, I love this! It’s simple yet serene and has a good choice of colors.

    How did you pull your Google Reader shared items styled in your own format? I’ve been wanting to do that too but wasn’t sure how.

  • http://one-parade.com Marjorie

    Love the simplicity!

    • http://nanyate.com Ivy

      Thank you, Marjorie!

  • Soyuzno

    This is just awesome! It’s so yummy :D. Well crafted!

    • http://nanyate.com Ivy

      Thanks dude! We need to do coffee soon!

  • http://michaelpark.org Michael

    Nice… lots of space! :)

    • http://nanyate.com Ivy

      Thanks! :)

  • http://www.jermexpress.com Jerm

    Hey Ivy, site looks perfect on Firefox 6.0.2 for Mac here. Kudos!

    • http://nanyate.com Ivy

      I rarely use Firefox these days… hahaha. Thanks for helping me check!

  • http://momo4ever.com Michelle Lee

    Love it!!!! Especially the navigation menu where it slides across!! 😀

    • http://nanyate.com Ivy

      😀 Thanks! Actually, I wanted to do something cooler with the header but couldn’t get the code to work well. :(

  • http://simply-precious.net Simply Precious

    The new theme looks great!! :)

    • http://nanyate.com Ivy

      Thanks, SP!

  • http://blog.oridusartic.com/ Oridusartic

    Feedback: Looking great~! I love the color schemes.

  • http://nanyate.com Ivy

    Thanks! You have the cutest avatar, btw!!!!

  • http://oh.so-very.me Jenny

    it’s beautiful 😀 so jealous… DO MINE NEXT xD HAHA